TRAILING THE TROJANS By Nigel Welch (Webmaster)
Seems like such a long time ago, that I (along with my wife who, blissfully ignorant of what was likely to be involved) volunteered to track the Trojan’s round the south west on the Lands End Trial -
Having made a whole host of plans, maps, post codes and grid references I felt completely prepared and set off in the ‘TroJag’ and hooked up with the ‘boys’ at Popham Airfield (tea and cakes, hmm,..). We waved goodbye to Phil, Steve, John and Richard and I thought we’d wait a while to let them get down the road a bit and do a bit of ‘on the road’ movie footage.... after all the TroJag wouldn’t have any difficulty in catching them up, would it ? We set off after another cup of tea (so maybe 10 minutes) but didn’t see the pair of them until Bridgewater ! We chased the sunset for what seemed like miles and miles and we arrived before the Trojans but it remains a mystery as to how we managed to miss them on the road.
At Bridgewater (technically the start of the rally) all my intricate plans starting unravelling, when it dawned on me that taking photographs and video requires at a modicum of natural light ...... Fortunately the scrutineering area was reasonably well lit so I managed to get some footage and photos there, After John and Phil had changed their road sprockets for off road sprockets and we’d all had our first breakfast (of many as it turned out), they set off into to the night for some special stages and we aimed to meet again at the Culborne Stable Inn (Nr Minehead).
I caught up with John going through Minehead, politely stayed behind him whilst we went round the streets, but we then came to a fairly steep incline and as we know Trojan’s go up almost any hill, just not very quickly -
Next stop Roundswell nr Barnstaple in Devon -
Next stop for us was at Widemouth Bay at just around dawn, temperature showing 0,degrees but with wind chill (brrrr) and no food or tea available (grrrr). Anyway, and not surprisingly Sue refused to get out of the car but I did and got some intriguing photos of the full moon with the sun in evidence on the opposite horizon (little things please little minds). Didn’t meet up with the Trojans as we wanted to get on to Crackington. A good job we left early because the directions and SatNav were rather unhelpful. Anyway we did find it (eventually) and got some good footage of a number of cars including our two intrepid Trojans trying to get up the muddy and rutted hill -
From there it was on to Wilsea Down (Nr Camelford) -
From there I altered my route and travelled straight to Blue Hills. The Trojans have a driver and a co-
All in all -